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Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross

Towards the end of the summer holidays, we spent a day in London. It was a mixed bag with strange weather and slightly (very) hyperactive children; we visited the Tower for the first time, then headed to King’s Cross for lunch. Drake and Morgan is a short walk from the tube station; bright, open and airy, arranged over two floors. We were seated in the corner of the ground floor, by the window. On a humid day, the open kitchen on this level offered no relief, which was a little uncomfortable. On the lower ground floor, where the spectacular toilets were also situated, it was much cooler, seemingly air conditioned. We chose drinks whilst perusing the food menu, my friend and I opting for cocktails from Drake and Morgan’s extensive range.    The children’s menu appeared to be a little lacking in the vegetable department (though salad was available in place of chips), not that this bothered my two! They both chose sausages, one with mash and one with chips – it would have been …

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Bella Italia, Baker Street

Italy is home to a number of my very favourite meals, and pizza restaurants are some of the few that we can eat at as a family (the boy is still limited by his hugely fussy palate). However, when we were invited to review the newly refurbished Bella Italia in Baker Street, London, I was a little unsure as to how well they would cater to us as a foursome, having never visited before. I needn’t have worried; from the moment we arrived, the children were addressed directly and catered for amply. The treats began with a free funky straw with each individual bottle of squash, which I found a lovely touch, and the children thought was brilliant.    Another pleasant surprise was the range of dishes on the children’s menu; all too often, we find the same meals again and again, but the Bella Italia menu was a delight. Not only were there lots of foods to choose from but there was also a variety of sizes to suit children of all ages and …

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The New Beefeater Spring Menu

On Tuesday, Beefeater launched a new menu in time for spring, full of all the classics plus some new dishes with exciting twists, such as the chicken, bacon and avocado burger. We were invited to visit the Crossbush in Arundel to sample some of the new flavours and see what we thought. On top of a new menu, the Crossbush was sporting a new look, which gave a lovely relaxed feel to the evening.   We were greeted by our waitress, Jo, who was so kind and friendly throughout our visit. She fetched the children some paper and crayons to keep them occupied until their food arrived, asked them their names and chatted and laughed with them all evening. Miss J remarked (on more than one occasion): “She is very nice!”   We decided that it would be rude not to order starters and chose garlic bread, potato dippers and garlic mushrooms. My potato dippers were beautifully presented and full of flavour.   One of the new menu options is a sharing platter of loaded …

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Stock Burger Co, Brighton – Review

So new you can almost still smell the fresh paint, Stock Burger Co is a stylish restaurant, tucked into the corner of the Holiday Inn hotel.  Situated on Brighton Seafront, the location is great and I expect the evening view will be lovely once summer arrives.  Parking around the hotel is limited but we did manage to find a space.  We were greeted on the door by a friendly waitress who showed us to our table and brought us olives whilst we perused the menu. We chose shrimp fritters and chilli chicken sticks to start and I also just had to try one of the gorgeous-sounding alcoholic milkshakes.  After much deliberation, I went with the Nutella and Baileys shake and it was honestly the nicest drink I have ever had. I would have been happier with a plastic straw rather than the paper effort as it was surprisingly tricky to drink through, but the drink itself was perfect.  Our starters arrived quickly; there was a slight mix up with mine but the issue was rectified swiftly and with …

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Cafe Rouge – Dinner in Greenwich

Sunday was spent in London; we visited the Imperial War Museum, where the boy chose a toy plane to remind him of the day, and then enjoyed a duck tour, which the children were amazed by.  Finally, we had a dinner date with Cafe Rouge. We took the tube to North Greenwich, exiting into the shadow of the imposing O2, opposite which our destination was situated.  It was set at the foot of an interesting building which prompted in us architectural memories of Amsterdam. The children and I had eaten at Cafe Rouge before (in a different location) but it was new to James and he wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.  Being quite the Francophile, I suspect that he assumed it would not be particularly authentic, though am pleased to report he was proven wrong!  We were seated and fed olives and bread whilst we chose our starters and main courses.  James chose something with mushrooms followed by steak, whilst I plumped for the pate starter and demi poulet main.  All of the food was magnificent, with James proclaiming that the steak …